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Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS: Functional Medicine Pioneer

Interview by Karolyn A. Gazella

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Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, earned his bachelor degree in chemistry and biology from the University of California at Irvine. After receiving his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oregon, Eugene, he became a chemistry professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Dr Bland has also been the clinical laboratory director for the Bellevue Redmond Medical Laboratory in Washington State, the director of the Nutritional Supplement Research Laboratory at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, and president of the Seattle-based Northwest Academy of Preventive Medicine. Dr Bland also developed and continues to oversee the Functional Medicine Clinical Research Center, a research facility with a full medical staff located in Gig Harbor, Wash. Along with his wife, Susan, Dr Bland founded the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), a non-profit organization dedicated to support the growth of patient-centered medicine.

In 1984, Dr Bland formed his own company, HealthComm International, to help educate healthcare professionals. In 2000, HealthComm International merged with its strategic partner, Metagenics, Inc, and Dr Bland assumed the position of president and chief science officer of Metagenics. Dr Bland is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine recently interviewed Dr Bland at his office in Gig Harbor, Wash.

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